Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012
A daredevil student’s love of animals led to her taking a 12,000ft leap of faith on their behalf.
Sixteen-year-old Alex Pullin, from Gillingham, took part in a charity skydive to help fund her visit to the International Primate Rescue charity in Pretoria, South Africa.
The sanctuary has rescued primates from all over the world and currently cares for over 100 monkeys, marmosets, lemurs and more.
Alex, who is studying for her Foundation Learning Diploma in Land-Based Studies at MidKent College’s Medway Campus, took part in the tandem skydive at Headcorn Airfield, near Ashford.
“I’m scared of heights so I thought I might get over my fear by doing this,” she said. “But I didn’t – it was very scary.
“Your belly just goes everywhere and it’s the worst thing I’ve ever done. The best bit was when the parachute finally went up – I loved that.”
Alex raised £250 from the skydive and has also been washing cars to help pay for her trip to South Africa.
“I’ll be going out there for two weeks and will be helping to look after the primates by feeding them and cleaning out their cages,” she said.
“I’m really looking forward to it. It will be a great new experience and I can’t wait.”
MidKent College offers qualifications in land-based studies, animal care and animal management and is home to a variety of animals including snakes, turtles, lizards and more.
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